1. Look for products with SPF
Even on the cloudiest of days, UV radiation from the sun reaches the Earth’s surface — and your face. Exposure to UV light can accelerate the skin aging process and leave your skin looking tired and saggy. Many professional skin care products have SPF worked into their formulas, doubling the value for your face and your pocketbook. Good skin care is as much about enhancing your skin as it is protecting it. While those pesky UV’s are a foremost concern, other environmental factors can have a very real impact on your skin. Pollution, from traffic and industry, is known to increase pigment or age spots by as much as 20% — also leading to deeper lines and wrinkles. Avoiding living in highly polluted areas is not always feasible, so protect your skin with serious skin care and by following a strict cleansing regime.
2. Get the Good Stuff
There are a couple of pretty magical ingredients out there that have been proven to improve skin quality and generally to promote good skin care. Peptides are small proteins that stimulate the production of collagen and thicken the shin. For eye care, eye creams with antioxidants, retinol, and peptides. These are known to prevent and improve aging skin around and under the eyes. Keeping an eye on the ingredients used in high end private label cosmetics can reveal whether or not they are worth the price tag.
3. When You Can, Go Natural
While there is nothing wrong with many of the above mentioned magical ingredients, which are man made and chemically synthesized, using natural skin care products when possible can be very beneficial. Over scrubbing or overuse of chemical products can strip the face of important essential oils which keep the face’s chemistry in balance. There are many professional skin care products which take this delicate balance into serious consideration, crafting their lotions, acne pads, cleansers and moisturizers with organic botanical products. For skin issues that don’t require the big guns, going natural is the best thing you can do for your skin.